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Drug sent back after kids fall ill

The paediatrics department at Patna Medical College and Hospital returned the entire lot of an antibiotic injection a day after a nine-month-old baby and a three-year-old child suffered an adverse reaction to it.

“The children had developed high fever with rigour soon after being administered Ceftriaxone injection (an antibiotic). Their condition is better after treatment. One of them would be discharged in five-six days and the other after two weeks. There is nothing to worry,” said Nigam Prakash Narayan, a senior doctor at the paediatrics department of the hospital.

The children would be discharged only after the doctors are sure they will not develop further complications, he assured.

“There might have been some problem in the lot of the medicines sent to us. We have returned the entire lot to the store and informed the hospital administration. Bihar Medical Services and Infrastructure Corporation Limited (BMSICL), the health department wing that supplied the drug, has been informed there might be some impurity in the drug and they need to check its quality. We have also informed drug inspectors,” said Nigam.

But JPN Barnwal, a senior doctor in the paediatrics department, differed on the possibility of impurity in the drug. He said: “Sometimes, a particular drug doesn’t suit a person. That does not mean it has some impurity. The matter has to be probed.”

Sources said doctors at PMCH’s paediatrics department were a worried lot on Tuesday because recently a patient at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital had died of a drug reaction.

Arvind Kumar Sah (44) died on the operating table at JLNMCH soon after he was administered lignocaine injection, a local anaesthetic.

The JLNMCH administration lodged a case against Haridwar-based Embark Life Sciences Private Limited, the company that manufactured the drug, for not fulfilling BMSICL criteria regarding supply of medicines.

The incident also rocked the floor of the Assembly and the state government imposed a ban on the use of lignocaine.

“The state government has already been cornered in the Assembly over charges of irregularities in the purchase of drugs,” said a doctor at PMCH on condition of anonymity.

“If cases of drug reaction on patients keep pouring in, it will only make things worse for the state government. The state government should initiate a probe into these issues and take action if anybody is found guilty,” he further said.

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